Karishma S. Kaushik is a medical doctor, clinical microbiologist, scientist and educator. She completed her medical degree (MBBS) and residency in Clinical Microbiology (MD) in Pune, India and earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. For her PhD research, she worked in the critical area of antibiotic resistance, where she investigated novel strategies to overcome antibiotic resistance in bacterial populations.
She is a recipient of the Ramalingswami Re-entry Fellowship (2016) and Biotechnology Career Advancement for Women Scientists (BioCARE), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (2016). In addition, she is a Ranbaxy Science Scholar (2007), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Research Fellow (2008), and recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award from UT Austin (2014). She currently works as teaching faculty in the Biology Instructional Office at UT Austin. India does not have dual MD-PhD programs, and her long-term goal is to pioneer a combined MD-PhD program in India, which provides cutting-edge training in both clinical and research work.